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How I Connected a Digicam Distant to a Handheld Gentle Pole


I often love to do some gentle portray with strobes. To make that simpler, I ripped off the legs of an outdated gentle stand in order that it’s only a handheld pole with a light-weight. I additionally needed to have the ability to management my digicam with a distant when holding the sunshine in order that I can function my digicam on a tripod and do every part with out an assistant.

The Evolution of a DIY Holder

At first, I had the distant connected to the pole with gaffer tape. It labored however was flimsy. And after I wanted the distant elsewhere, it was not straightforward to take off. After I bought my first 3D printer, I printed a correct holder.

After my first distant broke, I began searching for a brand new digicam distant and needed a smaller one. That’s when I discovered a small digicam distant that’s so tiny that it suits within the palm of my hand when capturing self-portraits. I created a second 3D-printed holder for the brand new distant — it feels pure to make use of and lightweight portray jobs are fast to do.

Three attachment options: gaffer tape (left), the primary model of a 3D-printed holder for my earlier distant (heart), and the brand new 3D-printed holder for the brand new smaller distant (proper).

The distant is friction-fitted to the adapter so it’s straightforward to place into place and take off. This one suits so nicely that I can use it with out worrying about it dropping to the bottom. With the earlier mannequin, I used gaffer tape to offer it additional friction for additional security.

Solo Shoots with a Handheld Gentle

I take advantage of this primarily for gentle portray. I’ve light-painted vehicles, bikes, and even a horse.

This setup bought lots of use in my ongoing sequence with individuals and the way they transfer. When making that sequence, I additionally used it to shoot fast portraits on a location.

Mannequin: Laura Puntila

I often arrange my digicam on a tripod with guide settings. I take some check pictures to get the background accurately underexposed. Then I modify the flash energy to these settings to get the right publicity to the topic. Then I gentle paint the topic.

When lighting and photographing a automobile, I’m going from entrance to again with the strobe above the automobile’s contours to get the entire automobile uncovered. Then I take a number of element pictures of the automobile. These pictures are then mixed in Photoshop into one picture.

I want to make use of the background on the situation however I’ve additionally modified it when it was not potential. For instance, one time a Volkswagen Beetle I used to be capturing couldn’t be began from the place it parked, so we needed to {photograph} it there and I swapped the background in submit.

Video and Obtain

Right here’s a 1-minute video concerning the 3D-printed digicam distant holder:

In case you’re all for 3D-printing your personal distant holder and want to see mine for reference, the STL file for the distant holder and 29mm pole could be discovered right here.


In regards to the writer: Petri Damstén is a superb artwork photographer from Kuopio, Finland. The opinions expressed on this article are solely these of the writer. Images performs two roles in Damstén’s life. It’s a ardour that began after his retirement from his day job as a software program engineer during which he has a BSc diploma. For him, picture-making can also be a really therapeutic course of to deal with emotions and ideas in a inventive means. Self-portraiture has at all times performed an enormous half in Petri’s photographs and they’re typically darkish and/or humouristic. His photographs have gained many awards in Finland and internationally together with Fotofinlandia finalist and PX3 Gold In Paris France. You’ll find extra of his work on his web site, Fb, Twitter, and Instagram. This text was additionally printed right here.



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